On July 29, 2008, XM and former competitor Sirius Satellite Radio formally completed their merger, following U. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval, forming Sirius XM Radio, Inc. XM's primary business was satellite radio entertainment.XM carried music, news (both simulcast and syndicated programming), sports, talk radio, comedy (both stand-up and radio shows), and even radio drama.If this is the case with your station, then we have temporarily assigned a music genre that best matches what we've heard while listening to your station.However, if you feel we have other genres that are a better match, please let us know.Note: Third party services may not be available in all areas; please contact an authorized retailer for coverage in your area.With the CDE-SXM145BT, you not only get music, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather information, but you also receive these advanced Sirius XM features: Tune Scan and Tune Start are new Sirius XM features included in the CDE-SXM145BT bundle (CDE-SXM145BT & SXV200).
In 1992, AMSC established a unit called the American Mobile Radio Corporation dedicated to developing a satellite-based digital radio service; this was spun off as XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc. The satellite service was officially launched on September 25, 2001. While the satellite receiver radio service was its primary product, XM operated several audio and data services, and advertising.
Its service included 73 different music channels, 39 news, sports, talk and entertainment channels, 21 regional traffic and weather channels and 23 play-by-play sports channels.
XM channels were identified by Arbitron with the label "XM" (e.g., "XM32" for "The Bridge").
In addition, XM used to broadcast local weather and traffic conditions in its larger markets. To receive satellite radio programming, a customer was required to purchase a receiver. With a service commitment, it was possible to get a simple receiver for free.
Monthly packages started at US.99/month but after adding multiple sports channels (which was mandatory to have at that time) the monthly subscription changed to US.49/month (changed since 2011 from US.95/month) with add-on "family" radios at US.99/month.